Research Help, City Grants, Giving Tuesday and Some good feels

It’s been pretty quiet in recent days…  First, a couple requests for help…

Does anyone know anything about Equus the Ballet, performed at the Mechanic in March 1980?

With libraries closed, I have limited access to source material, so taking a bit of a long shot… Do you know anyone with a personal copy of Baltimore Magazine from October 1978?

A little business…

Baltimore City’s Small Business Assistance Fund opens tomorrow (May the 4th be with you…).  Full information is available here ( https://www.baltimoretogether.com/ ).  Important for the dance world, non-profits within Baltimore City that rely on earned income are eligible.  Maximum grant is $15,000.

GivingTuesday ( https://www.givingtuesday.org/ ) is now May 5.

And some fun things… Viruses don’t see lines on maps.
Vincent Thomas, Towson University Department of Dance, Modern Repertory for Men- Spring 2020   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqjAqTGZmrE

Glitter (nudity) with Hajiba Fhamy – https://vimeo.com/391525572

Dancing to SARS-Cov-2-inspired music in [empty] Budapest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwdGctca4I

Quarantine Dance Specials 2020 from Peigan Powwow Productions  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IgHYXvixBQ

Not exactly dance, but some good feels from Philadelphia…. Mr. Y Not – https://vimeo.com/408841106

Please #BRDS2020 and bring friends to #BRDS2020 ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 )
Please stay home.
Please keep dancing.
Please reach out to people directly and personally.  They will miss seeing/dancing/working with you.  I will miss you.
Simple acts of kindness do matter.  Point out beauty when you can. Bring a little joy to someone.
If there is something I can do, please let me know.

1 Week to The Deconstruction / MSAC Emergency Grants update / Things to do at home / Get a job / Party with DJ Supream

May 1-3, 2020 – “The Deconstruction is a global creative collaboration event held online (and in real life) for artists, makers, creators, students, parents, and everyone else!”  https://www.thedeconstruction.org/

MSAC Emergency Grants program has some updates – See https://www.msac.org/grants/emergency-grant

A chance to go to Harvard (sortof…).  First Nights – Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots.  Class is self-paced.  https://www.edx.org/course/stravinskys-rite-of-spring-modernism-ballet-and-ri

From the great people at Fractured Atlas “Security and Privacy Tools for Artistic Collaboration” – https://blog.fracturedatlas.org/security-privacy-tools-artistic-collaboration

Wide Angle Youth Media is looking for a Program Director – https://www.wideanglemedia.org/join-our-team

Reginald F. Lewis Museum Museum Nights at Home Quarantine Party II with DJ Supream May 7, 6pm – https://lewismuseum.org/event/museum-nights-home/

Please #BRDS2020 and bring friends to #BRDS2020 ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 )
Please stay home.
Please keep dancing.
Please reach out to people directly and personally.  They will miss seeing/dancing/working with you.  I will miss you.
Simple acts of kindness do matter.  Point out beauty when you can. Bring a little joy to someone.
If there is something I can do, please let me know.

Artist Relief Funds, Put Your Mask On, MSAC (April 21 3pm) and a shout out to DLNY, and some other bits…

Artist Relief is a coalition of major arts donors and offers $5000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.  More info here:  https://www.artistrelief.org/


Baltimore has it’s own version, through the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.  Info here: http://promotionandarts.org/arts-council/baltimore-artist-emergency-relief-fund-0


Loyola’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers a Crisis Navigator program, offering online consultation with business experts to help you through these times – https://www.loyola.edu/department/center-innovation-entrepreneurship/community-involvement/loyola-crisis-navigators


If you have a business, Maryland has launched a Business Relief Wizard ( https://reliefwizard.net/ ), to guide you through available programs.


Baltimore Club gets into public health – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-tTqJZeNyw   Put Your Mask On


Maryland State Arts Council Creative Conversations (now on Google Meet) –
Creative Conversations: Dance
April 21st, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz
Meeting Link: meet.google.com/vyr-dgyb-ikq
Call in: 317-953-3049‬
PIN: ‪104 020 529#

Complete list of conversations here: https://www.msac.org/news/creative-conversations-0


Because we could all use a little bit of good news… Congratulations are in order for Josh Prince and the team at Dance Lab New York (formerly Broadway Dance Lab – https://www.dancelabny.org ).  After converting their annual gala event (originally scheduled for March 30) to a “virtual gala” on just a few weeks’ notice, they managed to exceed their $10,000 fundraising goal.  It is possible to make things happen…

…. and some recognition for Chris Kopec from a couple weeks ago – https://www.wbaltv.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-ellicott-city-deejay-chris-kopec-virtual-dance-party/31885994


And I’ll wrap this up with a few entertainment options….

Two hours of the Soul Train Line – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nfJfqCD9y8

If you’re more into Latin fusion… 2/3rds of Trio Caliente ( https://triocaliente.com/ ) will be doing a couch concert at 9pm tonight via Facebook.

If you miss Swan Lake, this one gets faster with each tendu… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9XDuVzhs2k (warning, potentially seizure-inducing).  Runtime is less than 3 minutes.


Please #BRDS2020 and bring friends to #BRDS2020 ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 )

Please stay home ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4PnSYAqQHU )

Please keep dancing.

Please reach out to people directly and personally.  They will miss seeing/dancing/working with you.  I will miss you.

Simple acts of kindness do matter.  Point out beauty when you can. Bring a little joy to someone.

If there is something I can do, please let me know.

More local resources and some things about Zoom[ing]

If you’re not already aware, https://www.dancingalonetogether.org/ is evolving as a centralized resource for dancing online.  Featuring a growing set of online classes and dance-focused video, this might keep you busy for a while…

Wide Angle Youth Media has put together another locally-focused directory of resources for these pandemic times.  You can see that here:  https://www.wideanglemedia.org/covid-19-resources

Too late to engage, but a tip of the hat to Mobtown Ballroom for their Mobtown Telethon (Replays here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9SmO-IfFFY [part 1] and here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDqjPPiKWX8 [part 2]).

With this enforced downtime, there’s a bit of an opportunity to visit things from months and years past.  Aeon has some nice things about dance, so I thought it would be nice to throw some attention their way… Dig into their history for more.  A few items (starting with one of my go-to explainers):

It seems a lot of dancers have jumped into Zoom as a way to keep engaged.  Please be careful with this… LOTS of security and other issues with Zoom.  Zoombombing turned into a thing.  And you may have noticed NYC schools banned Zoom (among others).  For a serious look at issues with Zoom, check here ( https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/04/security_and_pr_1.html ).  For alternatives…. If you’re broadcasting a class, check out Open Broadcaster Software ( https://obsproject.com/ ) and if you’re doing things one-on-one, one more-secure option is Wire ( https://wire.com/ ).

Now that I’ve scared everyone away from Zoom, the Maryland State Arts Council will be hosting a conversation on dance with Zoom in a couple hours:


Creative Conversations: Dance
April 7th, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Led by MSAC Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz
Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/6114214132
Meeting ID: 611 421 4132

MSAC has also launched an Emergency Grant program that applies to both organizations and individual artists.  MSAC will prioritize funding to applicants that cannot find other options.  Information here:  https://www.msac.org/grants/emergency-grant

Ok, I need to get this out into the ether so you have enough time to catch that MSAC thing.

Please BRDS and bring friends to BRDS ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 ).

Please stay home.

Please keep dancing.

Please reach out to people directly and personally.  They will miss seeing/dancing/working with you.  I will miss you.

Simple acts of kindness do matter.  Point out beauty when you can. Bring a little joy to someone.

If there is something I can do, please let me know.

Quick one today – United Nations calls creatives

“The United Nations (UN) needs your help in translating critical public health messages, into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms. The shortlisted work will reach everyone, everywhere.”

https://www.talenthouse.com/i/united-nations-global-call-out-to-creatives-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19


Colorado Ballet Live Stream for the Classroom

Samantha Hyde invites you to watch Swan Lake live on October 6th at 10am MST.  If you are interested in watching the FREE live stream for this season, please visit the following website: http://coloradoballet.org/education/live-stream.

This live stream is specifically meant for educational purposes as Hyde proudly states that “During the 2015/2016 season, we reached approximately 7, 700 participants in 14 Colorado counties, 30 states and 6 countries (Ecuador, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, Canada) through the live stream of our student matinee series”.

SITES ELIGIBLE FOR LIVE STREAMING AT NO COST ARE:

  • Public, charter and private schools (ECE-12th grade)
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals that serve children and youth
  • Homeless shelters that serve children and youth
  • Non-profit organizations that serve children and youth (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, libraries, etc.)

Please check out their website to receive permission to watch the live stream. Student handouts and activities are also included to enhance the learning experience for your classroom!

Update: Livestream of The Nutcracker
Friday, December 2, 2016
Start time: 11 a.m. MST
Approx. end time: 1 p.m. MST

POET Companies: Online Audition Profile

logoPOET Companies is an online organization composed of different branches, such as Theatricals Marine, which allows you to create a free online profile with your resume, headshot, and demo video. A variety of entertainment producers often sift through this website when looking to cast performers such as dancers, singers, actors, acrobats, and speciality acts.

POET Theatricals Marine is the cruise industry live entertainment production subsidiary of The POET Companies. Our team focuses on the design, development, implementation and maintenance of cutting edge spectacular live entertainment concepts aboard cruise ships. Since our first charter production in 2005, POET Theatricals Marine show productions have entertained over 6,000,000 cruise ship guests in over 5000 live performances at sea. Our cruise ship production experience includes charter cruise headline entertainment via customization of one of our land based productions as well as full cruise ship production show conceptualization, technical and artistic design, construction, show installation and ongoing show maintenance.

For more information please visit their website @ https://poet.co/poet-marine/casting/

MSAC Touring Artists Roster

A deadline approaches, so I want to give everyone some clues about this opportunity. The Maryland State Arts Council Touring Artists Roster is an application-based list of Maryland-based artists, selected by their peers and clients.

Important: New applications are due September 16, 2016 (If you’re already on the roster, you probably already know, but renewal applications are due earlier – September 2, 2016).

This is good company. If you make it through the application process (details available at the link above), you join a very fine group of dance producers:

Ballet Theatre of Maryland
The Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists
ClancyWorks
Devi Dance Company
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
Naoko Maeshiba
Sankofa Dance Theater
Silk Road Dance Company
SOLE Defined
VTDance
Word Dance Theater

(one tip – at the MSAC website, don’t filter for “dance” or you’ll miss some…)

So, if you have a performance dance organization, and some track record of performing (they will want to talk to people you’ve worked with….), take a few minutes to review the MSAC Touring Artists Roster criteria and application process. It could get you some meaningful work.